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A Letter from Our Board Chair

I am very honored to serve as the chairman of this year’s United Way of West Tennessee board. 

Here in West Tennessee, United Way continues to be a driving force - investing in the most effective local programs that specifically address the needs in our communities. We partner with 79 agencies and 108 programs to produce real results in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. We unite donors and volunteers with organizations to ensure that every dollar raised makes the greatest possible difference. 

I have been fortunate to be in leadership meetings throughout this region, and I continue to see and hear how our donors’ gifts are making a difference in West Tennessee. 

Thank you for supporting United Way of West Tennessee’s annual campaign. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. 


Gem Bell
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company

United Way of West Tennessee Board of Directors


Gem Bell, Chairman
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company

Stuart Hirstein, Chair-Elect
University School of Jackson

Doug Roth, Endowmen Vice-Chair

Bruce Niven, Campaign Vice-Chair

Dr. Kelli Deere, Finance Vice-Chair
UT Martin Parsons Center 

Leigh Anne Bentley, Community Impact Vice-Chair
Leaders Credit Union 

Judy Long, Past Chair
First Citizens National Bank


Jeff Agee
First Citizens National Bank 

Louis Amirault
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company 

Joseph Butler
Savant Learning Systems, Bethel University

Jake Bynum
Weakley County Mayor

Reba Celsor
Tennova Dyersburg Regional Hospital 

Charley Deal
UT Martin 

Dr. Versie Hamlett
Humboldt City Schools

Stuart Hirstein
University School of Jackson 

Greg Jackson

Dr. Eric Jones
Jackson-Madison County School System

Tammy Knight
General Electric 

Mike Overbey
Central Distributors 

Bill Rawls
Mayor, City of Brownsville

Nathan Smothers
Huntingdon Insurance Agency

Aaron Tiede

Braxton Williams
Jackson Energy Authority

United Way Staff

Our Impact This Year

  • Agency Partners


  • Programs Funded


  • 2018-2019 Dollars Raised


  • People Helped


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